Date: 07.10.2023

by Maciej Akimow

Last update: 13.12.2023 02:57

The Comprehensive Categories of the 2023 iGaming Sword Awards!

Every facet of the iGaming industry deserves its moment in the spotlight. Presenting the categories for the 2023 iGaming Sword Awards, where innovation, leadership, and excellence across the board are celebrated. We’ll be announcing our nominees on November 13th. Then, on December 13th, tune in for our Grand Digital Ceremony, where we’ll recognize the industry’s top performers. Stay updated and join us in celebrating the best in iGaming.

Our First Global Awards: Celebrating Excellence Across Borders

As we embark on this new chapter with our first-ever global awards, our mission remains unwavering: to honor the crème de la crème of the iGaming industry. This award ceremony is a heartfelt dedication to companies and individuals whose unparalleled performance has raised industry standards. From regional champions to global game-changers, we’re poised to spotlight the best of the best. As we always promise, we’re going to do it best, ensuring an event befitting the industry’s elite.

The Selection Process: A Blend of Expertise and Integrity

Determining the winners for our global awards is no small task. Our selection process is a meticulous combination of dedicated expertise and transparent evaluation. At the heart of this process is the iGaming Dragon agency, which appoints specialized individuals to critically assess each category.

These dedicated professionals, with their vast industry experience, dive deep into the nuances of each sector, ensuring a comprehensive evaluation based on merit, innovation, and impact. To further enhance the credibility and impartiality of our decisions, the editorial board of iGaming Express plays a pivotal role. Their seasoned insights, coupled with a rigorous review mechanism, ensure that every chosen winner truly represents the pinnacle of excellence in their respective category.

This collaborative and multi-layered approach guarantees that our awards recognize the very best, based on objective criteria and unbiased judgment.


1. Company of the Year

The “Company of the Year” accolade is more than just a title; it represents a hallmark of excellence, innovation, and unwavering dedication in the competitive realm of the iGaming industry. In a sector rife with talent and groundbreaking solutions, this award distinguishes a company that has consistently risen above the rest, setting new benchmarks of success and driving the industry towards uncharted territories. The recipient is a company whose influence transcends its offerings; it shapes market trends, fosters a culture of integrity, and showcases an exceptional commitment to its clientele, employees, and stakeholders alike.

Their strategic foresight, relentless pursuit of perfection, and ability to adapt and thrive amidst challenges are testament to their leading role in the industry. As we celebrate this company, we’re not just applauding their achievements over the past year, but recognizing their pivotal role in shaping the future narrative of the iGaming world. This prestigious award underscores their journey, vision, and the indelible mark they leave on the global iGaming landscape.

2. Online Casino Operator of the Year

In the pulsating world of digital gaming, the title of “Online Casino Operator of the Year” carries with it a weight and respect that transcends mere acknowledgment. This title is an ode to an operator that has gone beyond the conventional, providing players with an unparalleled virtual gaming experience. Beyond just the range and quality of games, this operator excels in offering a seamless user experience marked by intuitive navigation, impeccable security measures, and a customer-first approach. They demonstrate a keen understanding of player preferences, leading them to curate content that resonates, engages, and captivates.

Their commitment to responsible gaming, dedication to innovation, and the ability to consistently delight and retain players sets them apart in a fiercely competitive landscape. Furthermore, their agile approach to the ever-evolving technological and market trends underscores their leadership and vision. As we present this award, we’re not just recognizing a year of success but celebrating a beacon of excellence and a trendsetter in the online casino domain.

3. Global Sportsbook Operator of the Year

Within the intricate tapestry of the iGaming ecosystem, the title of “Global Sportsbook Operator of the Year” stands as a symbol of global dominance, unwavering commitment, and an exceptional offering in the realm of sports betting. Earning this distinction means more than just widespread presence; it’s about consistently delivering a premium, reliable, and innovative betting experience to sports enthusiasts worldwide. The awardee is an operator that seamlessly integrates the thrill of sports with the dynamism of digital betting, creating an immersive experience for its users. From a diverse range of sporting events and competitive odds to cutting-edge in-play betting features and impeccable customer service, they set the gold standard.

Their commitment extends beyond just transactional interactions, focusing on player education, promoting responsible gambling, and ensuring a safe, secure platform. By anticipating market shifts, harnessing emerging technologies, and curating tailored experiences for diverse demographics, this operator has not only left an indelible mark on the global stage but has also paved the way for the future of sports betting.

4. CEE Operator of the Year

In the dynamic landscape of Central and Eastern Europe’s (CEE) iGaming industry, emerging as a leader requires more than just market presence; it demands innovation, commitment, and an unparalleled dedication to player satisfaction. The “CEE Operator of the Year” is a prestigious accolade that shines a spotlight on an operator who has demonstrated not only business acumen but also an in-depth understanding of the unique nuances of the CEE market. This operator excels in offering tailored gaming experiences that resonate with the region’s diverse player base, capturing their interests and loyalties. Their portfolio showcases a harmonious blend of globally popular games and local favorites, enhanced by seamless technology and intuitive user interfaces.

Beyond game offerings, their efforts in promoting responsible gaming, driving community engagement, and pioneering industry best practices set them apart. In a region brimming with potential and competition, this award celebrates an operator that has not only achieved commercial success but has also set new benchmarks for quality, trustworthiness, and regional engagement in the CEE iGaming sector.

5. Lottery Operator of the Year

Within the vast expanse of the iGaming realm, lotteries hold a special allure, offering players the dream of life-changing wins. The title of “Lottery Operator of the Year” is reserved for an operator that has elevated this age-old game to new heights in today’s digital age. This operator has brilliantly combined the essence of traditional lottery draws with modern technology, providing a seamless and thrilling experience for players. From the transparency of their draws and the diversity of their offerings to the security measures ensuring every ticket’s legitimacy, this operator stands out as a beacon of trust and quality.

Their dedication isn’t limited to the gameplay alone; they also focus on player education, promoting responsible play, and fostering a community around shared dreams and celebrated wins. Additionally, their initiatives in supporting charitable causes through their lottery operations demonstrate a commitment not just to business growth, but to the larger societal impact. In recognizing this operator, we celebrate not just business success, but an embodiment of trust, innovation, and a deep-rooted commitment to player satisfaction in the lottery domain.

6. Socially Responsible Company of the Year

In an industry as dynamic and ever-evolving as iGaming, where the thrill of the game often takes center stage, the importance of social responsibility cannot be overstated. The “Socially Responsible Company of the Year” award celebrates an organization that goes beyond the expected, placing ethical operations, player welfare, and societal impact at the heart of its business model. This distinguished company not only adheres to regulations but sets new benchmarks for sustainable and responsible gaming. Their endeavors span a wide spectrum: from implementing robust measures to prevent underage and problem gambling, to dedicating resources for player education and awareness.

Moreover, their commitment extends outside the realm of gaming, with initiatives addressing broader societal issues, environmental concerns, and community upliftment. Through their actions, they exemplify that commercial success and social responsibility are not mutually exclusive but can coexist harmoniously. In honoring this company, we salute their holistic approach to business—one that prioritizes both stakeholder value and the well-being of the broader community they serve.

7. Live Casino Supplier of the Year

Live casino gaming has emerged as one of the most immersive and captivating facets of the iGaming industry, transporting players to the heart of the casino action from the comfort of their own spaces. The “Live Casino Supplier of the Year” is bestowed upon a supplier that has seamlessly bridged the gap between the virtual and physical realms, delivering an unparalleled gaming experience. This accolade celebrates a supplier whose offerings are characterized by high-definition streaming, interactive features, professionally trained dealers, and innovative game variants that go beyond traditional table games.

Their studios epitomize the perfect blend of technology and human touch, ensuring players receive the authentic ambiance of a brick-and-mortar casino with the advantages of online play. Beyond the game mechanics, this supplier demonstrates a commitment to player safety, integrity in operations, and continuous evolution to stay ahead of player preferences and market trends. Recognizing this supplier is not just about lauding their technological prowess but celebrating their vision to elevate live casino gaming to art form status, setting new standards in realism, innovation, and engagement.

8. Slots Supplier of the Year

In the vibrant arena of iGaming, slots stand as a timeless favorite, captivating players with their mesmerizing graphics, intriguing narratives, and potential for rewarding payouts. The “Slots Supplier of the Year” is an accolade that recognizes a supplier who has masterfully combined artistry, technology, and innovation to deliver slot games that resonate deeply with players across the globe. This distinguished supplier crafts games that are not mere spin-and-win endeavors but immersive journeys, marked by intricate themes, riveting soundscapes, and features that constantly push the envelope of creativity. Their portfolio showcases a diverse range of titles, each with its unique appeal, ensuring players of all preferences find something that strikes a chord.

Beyond the allure of the games themselves, this supplier emphasizes fairness, employing rigorous RNG algorithms and championing transparency in payouts. Their commitment to innovation, player-centric design, and continuous enhancement, not only keeps them at the forefront of the industry but also sets the tone for the future of slot gaming. In celebrating this supplier, we applaud a beacon of excellence that has elevated the slots experience from mere gaming to a form of digital art and entertainment.

9. Online Casino Supplier of the Year

In the ever-evolving world of iGaming, the online casino segment demands a perfect amalgamation of innovation, reliability, and a deep understanding of player psychology. The accolade for “Online Casino Supplier of the Year” is reserved for a supplier that consistently delivers on these fronts, setting them apart in a fiercely competitive landscape. This trailblazing supplier offers a comprehensive suite of games that cater to diverse player tastes, from the timeless classics to innovative new formats that push the boundaries of traditional gameplay. Their offerings are marked by exquisite graphics, seamless mechanics, and intuitive interfaces, ensuring an immersive player experience. More than just game creators, they are storytellers, weaving intricate narratives that keep players engaged and invested.

Their commitment to excellence is further evident in their rigorous adherence to fair play standards, ensuring that every spin, deal, or bet is governed by transparency and integrity. Moreover, their proactive approach to harnessing emerging technologies, adapting to market trends, and anticipating player needs positions them as not just suppliers, but visionaries shaping the future of online casino gaming. In honoring this supplier, we are recognizing a paradigm of innovation, quality, and commitment that raises the bar for the entire industry.

10. Virtual Games Supplier of the Year

The realm of virtual games represents a fusion of digital artistry, technological prowess, and gaming innovation, delivering experiences that defy the traditional boundaries of iGaming. To be named the “Virtual Games Supplier of the Year” is to be acknowledged as the gold standard in this exhilarating domain. This accolade celebrates a supplier that masterfully crafts virtual worlds where realism meets unpredictability, engaging players with high-definition graphics, meticulous simulations, and gameplay dynamics that both surprise and delight. Their portfolio isn’t just diverse—it’s a testament to the infinite possibilities of virtual gaming, encompassing everything from lifelike racing events and team sports to fantastical scenarios that can only exist in the digital space.

It’s not just about the visual spectacle; the core of their offerings lies in a foundation of fairness and transparency, employing sophisticated algorithms to ensure each game outcome is genuinely random yet always engaging. In a segment of the iGaming industry that thrives on innovation, this supplier is a beacon, setting the pace and charting the course for the future of virtual gaming. By honoring them, we celebrate a pioneer that brilliantly merges creativity with technology, setting unparalleled benchmarks in immersive gaming experiences.

11. Platform Supplier of the Year

In the intricate tapestry of the iGaming industry, the platform plays a pivotal role, acting as the very foundation upon which immersive gaming experiences are built. The title of “Platform Supplier of the Year” recognizes an exemplary supplier who has demonstrated exceptional skill in developing robust, scalable, and versatile platforms that seamlessly integrate a myriad of games, payment systems, and user interfaces. This leading supplier understands that in today’s digital age, players demand not just variety, but also fluidity in their gaming experiences. Their platform stands out, offering operators the flexibility to customize game offerings, ensure tight security protocols, and adapt to the ever-evolving regulatory landscapes.

Beyond mere integration, their platform is marked by innovative features that enhance user engagement, analytical tools that offer deep insights into player behavior, and cutting-edge tech solutions to keep the gaming experience smooth regardless of device or location. This recognition is not just about technical excellence, but also about foresight—the ability to anticipate future industry needs and evolve accordingly. By awarding this title, we salute a supplier that underpins the industry’s success, making breakthrough innovations feel effortless and shaping the future of iGaming from behind the scenes.

12. Turnkey Supplier of the Year

The iGaming industry’s rapid growth and ever-shifting landscape demand solutions that are comprehensive, scalable, and tailored to both emerging and established markets. Holding the title of “Turnkey Supplier of the Year” is a nod to a supplier’s unmatched capability to provide end-to-end solutions, encompassing every facet of the iGaming operation. This esteemed supplier offers more than just software; they present a holistic package that includes game integration, payment solutions, customer support infrastructures, regulatory compliance, and market-specific customizations. Their turnkey solutions simplify the complex, allowing operators to launch or expand with confidence, knowing that both front-end user experience and back-end operations are optimized for success.

In a world where time-to-market is crucial, this supplier’s solutions stand out for their seamless deployment, ensuring operators can captivate their target audience without delay. Furthermore, their continuous commitment to innovation, combined with an acute understanding of global iGaming trends, makes them an invaluable partner for operators aiming to stay ahead of the curve. By recognizing this supplier, we are celebrating a cornerstone of the industry—a provider that embodies efficiency, expertise, and excellence, driving the entire iGaming ecosystem forward with their comprehensive offerings.

13. Marketing Campaign of the Year

In the bustling world of iGaming, where players are continually presented with a plethora of choices, standing out is both an art and a science. The “Marketing Campaign of the Year” award recognizes a campaign that has brilliantly fused creativity with data-driven strategies, resonating deeply with its target audience and leaving an indelible mark on the industry. This lauded campaign is more than just a series of advertisements; it tells a compelling story, intertwining brand values with player aspirations, and weaving them into a narrative that engages, entices, and elicits action.

Beyond its creative genius, the campaign’s success can be measured in its tangible impact—be it in enhanced brand recognition, increased player acquisition, or fostering player loyalty. It’s a testament to a well-thought-out strategy, meticulous execution, and a keen understanding of market dynamics and player psychology. The effectiveness of this campaign also reflects a deep commitment to ethical marketing practices, ensuring messages are delivered responsibly and align with industry regulations. By bestowing this award, we celebrate not just a marketing success but a masterclass in communication, innovation, and understanding the pulse of the iGaming community.

14. Affiliate Program of the Year

In the intricate web of the iGaming industry, affiliate programs serve as vital links, connecting operators with a diverse and expansive audience. The “Affiliate Program of the Year” award is a testament to an initiative that has gone above and beyond in cultivating and nurturing these connections. This exemplary program isn’t simply about driving traffic; it’s about building and fostering mutually beneficial relationships. It’s distinguished by its transparency, offering clear terms and a fair reward structure that recognizes the invaluable contributions of affiliate partners. This program stands out, not just for its attractive commission plans, but also for its unwavering support, providing affiliates with cutting-edge marketing tools, in-depth analytics, and responsive support teams to ensure their campaigns thrive.

Moreover, this program respects the fine balance between aggressive marketing and responsible advertising, ensuring all promotions align with industry standards and ethics. Its success is mirrored in the growth and retention rates of both affiliates and players, highlighting the program’s holistic approach to partnership. By honoring this affiliate program, we are spotlighting a beacon of collaboration, integrity, and innovation that sets the gold standard for affiliate marketing in the iGaming sector.

15. Sports Data Supplier of the Year

In the adrenaline-charged realm of sports betting, accuracy, speed, and comprehensiveness of data are paramount. The “Sports Data Supplier of the Year” award honors a trailblazer that has consistently delivered on these fronts, setting the gold standard for the industry. This distinguished supplier recognizes that every statistic, every update, and every insight can be the difference between an ordinary and an extraordinary betting experience. Their data is more than just numbers—it’s a tapestry of stories, capturing the heartbeats of matches, the dynamism of players, and the ebb and flow of seasons. Sourced from a plethora of sporting events worldwide, their data streams in real-time, ensuring bettors have the most current and accurate information at their fingertips.

Their offerings go beyond mere data provision; they provide analytic tools, predictive models, and customizable interfaces that empower operators to craft unique and engaging betting experiences. This unwavering commitment to quality, combined with a passion for innovation, makes this supplier an indispensable asset to operators and bettors alike. By celebrating them, we acknowledge a pioneer that not only fuels the sports betting industry with invaluable data but also champions the spirit of sports through their meticulous work.

16. E-sport Data Supplier of the Year

E-sports, with its electrifying tournaments and a global audience of ardent fans, has revolutionized the gaming landscape. Within this dynamic domain, the precision and timeliness of data are pivotal. The “E-sport Data Supplier of the Year” award celebrates a supplier that has consistently risen to this unique challenge, establishing themselves as an industry linchpin. This distinguished supplier delves deep into the digital arenas, extracting and curating data from a myriad of e-sport events, spanning genres, platforms, and continents. But it’s not just about volume; it’s about veracity and velocity. Their data offerings encapsulate the intensity of e-sport matches, providing insights that capture every strategy shift, every critical play, and every momentum swing.

With the rapid pace of e-sports matches, their real-time data streams become a lifeline for operators, ensuring fans are always equipped with the most up-to-date and accurate information. Beyond raw data, they offer analytical tools, AI-driven predictions, and bespoke interfaces that empower operators to craft immersive betting experiences tailored to the e-sport audience. In celebrating this supplier, we are not just acknowledging their technological prowess but also their passion for capturing the very essence of e-sports, contributing immensely to the industry’s meteoric rise.

17. Most Engaged Woman of the Year

Amidst the dynamic tapestry of the iGaming industry, this category holds a particularly special place in our hearts. The “Most Engaged Woman of the Year” award is not just a celebration of professional achievement, but a testament to our unwavering commitment to elevating and supporting women in the iGaming sector. We staunchly believe in spotlighting the powerful voices, innovative thoughts, and transformative leadership of women who are making waves in this industry.

As an extension of our dedication, our podcast, “Women in Gaming,” hosted by the inspiring Daria Bazydło Egier, delves into the journeys, challenges, and successes of women in iGaming. This award recognizes a woman who not only shines in her role but actively engages in shaping the industry’s future. Her influence is evident, her passion palpable, and her impact, monumental. In celebrating her, we champion the essence of diversity, empowerment, and leadership that every woman brings to the iGaming table.

18. iGaming Event of the Year

In a bustling industry marked by numerous conferences, expos, and gatherings, the “iGaming Event of the Year” stands out as a beacon for ingenuity and fresh perspectives. While size, scale, and splendor are often the benchmarks for many events, in this category, we champion a different set of criteria. The idea, intrinsic value, and a groundbreaking approach hold the highest reverence here. This award seeks to honor an event that pushes the boundaries of convention and brings forth an experience that not only educates but also inspires.

It is not just about the number of attendees or the glitz of the show but about the meaningful conversations sparked, the innovative ideas shared, and the lasting impact made on the industry’s landscape. We look for events that challenge the status quo, encourage divergent thinking, and cultivate an atmosphere where every participant feels part of a larger, forward-thinking iGaming movement. In celebrating this event, we underline the essence of creativity, value-driven content, and the power of a different approach in shaping the future of iGaming.

19. Association of the Year

In the vibrant and complex ecosystem of the iGaming industry, associations play an indispensable role as guiding forces, standard-bearers, and unifiers. The “Association of the Year” award recognizes an organization that has tirelessly championed the collective interests of its members, while also navigating the broader challenges and opportunities facing the industry. This esteemed association transcends mere networking; it is a beacon of knowledge, providing resources, research, and platforms for dialogue to advance understanding and innovation within iGaming. Their commitment is palpable in their advocacy efforts, where they ensure the voice of the industry is heard in regulatory discussions, influencing policies that strike a balance between growth and responsibility.

Furthermore, their proactive approach to ethical practices, player protection, and corporate responsibility has set benchmarks for the entire industry. Through events, workshops, and publications, they foster a spirit of collaboration and continuous learning, fortifying the industry’s foundation and guiding its trajectory towards a sustainable and inclusive future. By honoring this association, we celebrate an entity that, through its vision and endeavors, not only protects and promotes the interests of its members but elevates the entire iGaming sector.